Brum celebrates silver surfers

By on 25/09/2009 in News

A range of fun events for older people has been organised by Birmingham City Council to bring people together and celebrate their contribution to the city, in recognition of UK Older People's Day on Thursday October 1. 

Councillor Sue Anderson, Cabinet Member for Adults and Communities, said:

“This is a chance to dispel the stereotypes and show that Birmingham's older people are the most sociable in the country. People will be spoilt for choice, we have silver surfing, Town Hall tea dances, Tai Chi classes and even an elderly Olympic games, it's a great opportunity to meet new people and have some fun.”

A total of over 50 events will be taking place in Birmingham before, during and after Older People's Day 2009, with the vast majority being free of charge.



For more information please contact Hayley Meachin on 0121 303 1271/ 07833 059 347

Notes to Editors

For more information about UK Older People's Day visit or visit to download a list of events taking place in Birmingham to celebrate UK Older People's Day. Highlights include:

Event: Fircone Autumn Fayre
Date: 1 October 2009
Location: Fircone, 1237 Stratford Road. Hall Green, Birmingham, B28 9AA
Time: 11.00am
Audience: General Public
Contact: John Shorthouse or Nicola Dooling
Telephone: 0121 643 3660

Event: St Marks Day Centre for the Elderly 2009 Olympics
Date: 30 September 2009
Location: St Marks Day Centre, St Marks Church, Bandywood Crescent, Kingstanding, Birmingham, B44 9JX
Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Audience: General Public
Contact: Maureen Burns
Telephone: 0121 360 4298 (Monday - Wednesday 9.30am - 3.30pm)

Event: The good (Tai Chi) the mad (in dressing gown or pyjamas) and the sleepy (most fall to sleep either during or after Tai Chi)
Date: 1 October 20092009
Location: Weoley Castle Community Projects, St Gabriel's Day Centre, St Gabriel's Church Hall, 83A Marston Road, Weoley Castle, Birmingham B29 5LS
Time: 11.00am
Audience: People who attend the day centre plus visitors
Contact: Jean Hill or Judith Lawrence
Telephone: 0121 478 1785

Event: Silver Surfing
Date: 1 October 2009
Location: St Teresa’s Church Outreach Centre, 311a Wellington Road, Perry Barr B20 2QH
Time: 11.00am
Audience: General public 60+
Contact name: Michael Tye
Telephone: 0121 356 4411

Event: Movie and Fish 'n' chip supper
Date: 1 October 2009
Location: The Perry Tree Centre, Dovedale Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham B23 5BX
Time: 4.30pm - 7.30pm
Audience: General public
Contact name: Emma Pugh
Telephone: 0121 675 5578

Event: Town Hall tea dances with live music from the Garry Allcock All-Stars Big Band
Date: 1 October 2009
Location: Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ
Time: 11.30am - 1.30pm
Audience: General public
Ticket prices: £7.50 per person (+ £2 fee per transaction if customers book by phone or online in advance)
Contact: Town Hall box office
Telephone: 0121 780 3333

Event: A day on the beach
Date:  1 October 2009
Location: Phoenix Court Day Centre, Yatesbury Avenue, Castle Vale, Birmingham
Audience:  General public
Contact name:  Elaine Jones
Telephone:  362 3650


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  1. Terence Paget says:

    As is usual Councillor Anderson and, with her, BCC, miss the point! She has been made aware by me that this event is one which has government support as an event. Her response was to the effect, “They do not provide any money, so we do what we want rather than what the government wants.”

    The government web-site (along with numerous other council web-sites around the country) has made it plain that the thrust and theme should be the “inter-generational” interaction between older people and younger people. BCC and Council Anderson has chosen to ignore this commendable thrust and approach.

    Why is that? If she, on behalf of the council, is promoting anything at all, why spend our (BCC’s) money on arrangements which deliberately divert and subvert attention from such a commendable, and non-political, non-partisan national, approach? Perhaps that is the answer! She, on behalf of herself and of BCC, cannot claim credit!